Are You a Mentor or Mommie Dearest?

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Hey manager Mommie Dearest…Could your mentoring do more harm than good?

I am a fan of mentorships.  I like to mentor people.  And, if I am trying to develop my employees, I always recommend they pick a mentor besides me, since in theory I mentor them every day.  Mentoring can be an easy way to develop a variety of skills for a variety of reasons.

But when asked, why do I suggest employees pick mentors?  Why do employees want mentors? Conversely, why do I choose to mentor employees?  Why do I presume that mentoring works or is even necessary? Do

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